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Transparent Pricing

The Rockefeller University Press (RUP) pricing model establishes increases or decreases in the list prices for the Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP) based on the number of articles that require subscription access. With a focus on transparency and sustainability, our model ensures that we are not receiving subscription revenue from articles published as Open Access.

2023 Pricing Calculation

Our model uses a three-year average of the past three calendar years as the basis for calculating prices. Adopting an average balances temporary fluctuations in article production. To establish our 2023 prices, we used the following table:

Subscription-access articles only

  2018-20
Average
2019-21
Average
Percent
change
JCB 200.67 198.33 -1.16%
JEM 176 185.33 5.30%
JGP 72 63.67 -11.57%
Portfolio
Median
448.67 447.33 -0.30%

This is the second year of using our transformative model to price our journals. The first year re-calculated our list prices to be based on a per-article price that is the same across each journal. We staggered these initial adjustments across a 5-year period to lessen the impact on our subscribers. In 2023, the second 5-year adjustment for each journal is added to the formula above.

 

Tier 2022
Price Adjustment
2022
Price Adjustment,
Spread across 5 years
2023
Price change
2021
CPI
2023
Price Adjustment
2023
Price Adjustment,
with cap
JCB
1 0.00% 0.00% -1.60% 7.00% 5.40% 4.99%
2 -0.26% -0.05% -1.60% 7.00% 5.35% 4.99%
3 3.43% 0.69% -1.60% 7.00% 6.09% 4.99%
4 3.32% 0.66% -1.60% 7.00% 6.06% 4.99%
JEM
1 27.97% 5.59% 5.30% 7.00% 17.89% 4.99%
2 23.05% 4.61% 5.30% 7.00% 16.91% 4.99%
3 15.40% 3.08% 5.30% 7.00% 15.38% 4.99%
4 15.61% 3.12% 5.30% 7.00% 15.42% 4.99%
JGP
1 -34.83% -6.97% -11.57% 7.00% -11.54% -11.54%
2 -31.07% -6.21% -11.57% 7.00% -10.78% -10.78%
3 -29.51% -5.90% -11.57% 7.00% -10.47% -10.47%
4 -29.56% -5.91% -11.57% 7.00% -10.48% -10.48%

 

Additional Pricing Factors

RUP journals are subject to an annual increase based on inflation to account for changes in the value of currency. We have adopted the Consumer Price Index (CPI) released by the United States Bureau of Labor, using the rate from the prior calendar year. The CPI for the period from January to December 2021 is 7%.

We will not implement any increases above 5% in any given year. Any calculation that produces an increase above 5% will be reduced to 4.99%, and the difference will not be accounted for in subsequent years.

2023 Nominal Read Fee

The 2023 nominal read fee is calculated by dividing the total 2022 online list price of our portfolio by the 2019–2021 average for subscription-access articles, with the changes in publication rate and inflation reflected to produce the 2023 price. The nominal read fee provides a consistent per-article price across each of our journals and across each of our tiers:

Tier Nominal Read Fee
1 $ 13.61
2 $ 17.31
3 $ 22.17
4 $ 28.32

2023 Prices

You can see our full 2023 price list here. Upon final calculation, our 2023 prices are subject to the following adjustments, rounded to the nearest power of 5:

Online
Tier
2022
Price
2023
Price Change
(Rounded)
2023
Price Difference
2023 Price
JCB
1 $2,710 4.98% $135.00 $2,845
2 $3,440 4.94% $170.00 $3,610
3 $4,250 4.94% $210.00 $4,460
4 $5,430 4.97% $270.00 $5,700
JEM
1 $1,920 4.95% $95.00 $2,015
2 $2,530 4.94% $125.00 $2,655
3 $3,420 4.97% $170.00 $3,590
4 $4,360 4.93% $220.00 $4,575
JGP
1 $1,390 -11.51% ($160.00) $1,230
2 $1,680 -10.71% ($180.00) $1,500
3 $2,090 -10.53% ($220.00) $1,870
4 $2,670 -10.49% ($280.00) $2,390
Portfolio
1 $6,020 1.16% $70.00 $6,090
2 $7,650 1.50% $115.00 $7,765
3 $9,760 1.64% $160.00 $9,920
4 $12,460 1.69% $210.00 $12,670

 

Our Subscribers

In considering our pricing policies, we have carefully analyzed our subscriber base to minimize overall increases as much as possible. The majority of our subscribers purchase either all three of our journals or a combination of two journals. For subscribers purchasing all three titles, their total increase will be between 1 and 2% in 2023. The majority of our customer base will receive an increase within the range typically expected from publishers, and a portion of our subscribers will see an overall decrease in their subscription costs in 2023 compared with their 2022 costs.

We understand that libraries are facing historic and profound challenges. Any subscribers who are having difficulty maintaining their current subscriptions should get in touch with us as soon as possible. Please contact subs@rockefeller.edu if you would like to discuss your pricing for the 2023 renewal cycle.

We strongly welcome, encourage, and appreciate any feedback on our transparent pricing policy. If you would like to let us know how our policy affects your library, please email Miguel Peralta, Institutional Sales Manager, at mperalta@rockefeller.edu. We reserve the right to modify our pricing model in subsequent years.

Basis for Model

RUP has adopted the model proposed by Tasha Mellins-Cohen in Price transparency: Let's make it simple,* which proposes that publishers adopt a nominal read fee that calculates price per article for hybrid journals. The model provides librarians with an additional metric, the nominal read fee, that can be used to evaluate the costs of their subscriptions. We encourage other publishers to join us in publicizing the nominal read fees of their journals. We thank Tasha Mellins-Cohen for consulting with us on its application for RUP journals.

*Mellins-Cohen, Tasha. 2021. "Price Transparency: Let's Make It Simple". Insights. 34 (1): 17. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.551.

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